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Choosing a Doctor: Quick Tips

When you choose a doctor for yourself or a loved one, make sure to choose a primary care doctor you can trust.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medicare Rights National Helpline

Call 1-800-333-4114 to speak to a trained counselor who can answer your questions about Medicare health plan options, rights and benefits, and help you get the care and medications you need. Services are available to Spanish-language speakers.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Medicare Rights Center

Patient Frequently Asked Questions: American Medical Association

Find answers to common questions patients ask of the American Medical Association, including finding a doctor, medical advice, medical records, and filing complaints.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

American Medical Association

HealthCare.gov

HealthCare.gov helps you take control of your health care. Search for public, private and community health insurance programs best suited to your needs. Get prevention tips, compare quality of care, and learn how the Affordable Care Act can help you.

Review Date: November 20, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People

This booklet contains many ideas and tips for good communication with your doctor. The illustrations and conversational tone help to explain how to prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, and coordinate help from family and friends.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

American College of Radiology Accredited Facility Search

The ACR accredits facilities that conduct breast ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound, and radiation oncology.

Review Date: November 12, 2012

American College of Radiology

Care Conversations

This page links to information about long term care facilities, making the transition to nursing home life, paying for long term care, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

American Health Care Association

Comparing Care Providers

The federal government has created several tools that allow you to compare a variety of quality measures of doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other service providers.Compare providers that have made a commitment to reducing medical errors, improving health care quality, and reducing costs.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Guide to Health Care Quality: How to Know It When You See It

This guide is designed to help you get quality health care, stay healthy, and recover faster when you become sick. Tips are provided to help you be active in making decisions about your health care.

Review Date: July 30, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Health Plan Report Card

NCQA's Health Plan Report Card helps you choose a health plan that's right for you and your family. The NCQA report card has results on hundreds of health plans. Search to learn more about how well plans in your area perform.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

National Committee for Quality Assurance

How Can I Use Health IT and eHealth Tools to Manage My Health?

Find tools to help you access wellness resources, maintain your medical records, find quality health information resources, and more.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Learn About Stroke

Understanding what you can do to reduce your risk can decrease your chances of having a stroke. Nevertheless, it is still important to know the warning signs of stroke and how to respond to them.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

Locate a Long Term Care Ombudsman

Search for a long-term care ombudsmen in your area who promotes residents' rights and quality of care, educates consumers and providers, and helps resolve residents' complaints.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care

Medicare Helpful Contacts

This Helpful Contacts tool will provide you with contact information for specific organizations or help you get answers to your Medicare related questions.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Medicare Hospital Compare

Search for hospitals in your area and compare the quality of care provided to patients by surgical procedure or medical condition.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Mental Illness and the Family: Finding the Right Mental Health Care For You

If you or someone you know may benefit from a counselor or mental health center, here are some questions and guidelines to help you find the right care. Information covers where to go for help, types of mental health professionals, treatments, therapy costs, and more.

Review Date: October 28, 2012

Mental Health America

Navigating the Health Care System: How To Complain—And Get Heard

Here are some resources for complaints or concerns that arise while you are in the hospital and when you get your hospital bill.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Questions are the Answer: Build Your Question List

Are you visiting your health care clinician or pharmacist? It is important to be prepared. Create a personalized list of questions that you can take with you.

Review Date: June 22, 2011

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Recognized Clinician Directory

Find doctors in your area who have demonstrated that they meet important standards of care.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

National Committee for Quality Assurance

Report a Complaint About a Health Care Organization

Do you have a complaint about the quality of care at a Joint Commission-accredited health care organization? Use this page to submit your complaint online or send it by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

The Joint Commission

Understanding Health Care Quality (Podcast)

This page presents an audio program interview with AHRQ Director Doctor Carolyn Clancy answering questions about health care quality. She discusses preventive care, medical errors, and what people can do to make sure they get quality health care.

Review Date: July 30, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality